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Cursed (2005)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 79

A predictable plot and cheesy special effects make Cursed a less-than-scary experience.


Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 16

A predictable plot and cheesy special effects make Cursed a less-than-scary experience.



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The team behind the Scream trilogy, director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson, present another entry in the teen-horror genre with Cursed. Starring Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg, the film tells the story of two siblings who have to battle a werewolf that has been wreaking havoc on their neighbors, just as they learn that they might be marked with "the sign of the beast," and may become werewolves themselves. Along with Shannon Elizabeth and Judy Greer, Cursed also co-stars



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Jun 21, 2005


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Makes you long for the days when teenage werewolves were beady-eyed, slavering versions of hairy-palm jokes.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Poor special effects, a silly looking werewolf and clunky comic writing help to spoil what should have been a fun B-movie.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The scariest thing in the movie is a cameo by Scott Baio.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The special effects are particularly lame, and an insult to the proud werewolf tradition of An American Werewolf in London or the even better The Howling.

February 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The scariest thing about this movie is the incredible waste of once-vital talent.

February 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A third-rate effort, with a weak script, cheap-looking effects and no genuine frights.

February 28, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Dumb werewolf movie may leave you feeling cursed.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is "Scream" werewolf style...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

What can you say about a horror film when its spookiest cast member plays the innocent victim?

October 21, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

It really never deserved to be more than a quickie TV-movie on the WB, where it would've aired around Halloween and then faded into oblivion.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A procession of silly startlements: a sudden loud sound here, a mysterious hand creeping in there. This isn't scary, it's irritating. And then it's tiresome.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

Until this past Friday, the worst werewolf film ever made was, hairy hands down, Mike Nichols' Wolf. Cursed now assumes that dubious distinction and someone is going to have to try very hard to wrestle it away.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

film whose authors require so many excuses doesn't deserve an audience

August 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

...boredom never quite sets in thanks to the engaging performances...

July 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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It's disheartening to see three so extraordinary talents as Craven, Williamson, and Ricci create so distinctly ordinary a product. (Unrated Version)

June 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Subestima a inteligência do espectador do início ao fim e apela para todo tipo de clichê de direção para tentar provocar sustos ocasionais.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Watchable horror film has good performances and several nice moments but it's let down by some dodgy CGI and a patchy script.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

a confusing mess, occasionally funny, but with hardly enough bite to get you howling

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

If this is the way Craven is headed, we should be mourning the loss of a true talent.

April 18, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

They band together to combat the curse of these unnatural impulses and strike out to kill their original attacker in hopes of saving themselves.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Cursed feels like a series of curveballs designed to confuse the audience into thinking they're watching anything other than bad dialogue.

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Bloody Disgusting
Bloody Disgusting

There are so many contemptuous things to say about this disastrous Teen Wolf/Lost Boys clone that I'm not sure where to begin.

March 30, 2005 Full Review

All of this could have been loose, kitschy fun, but "Cursed" is too self-conscious to get off the ground.

March 30, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Cursed is no Scream, but it is at least a healthy yelp.

March 29, 2005 Full Review Source:

... the real cursed are ticket buyers expecting a scary ride, which they won't get.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for Cursed


Bringing nothing new to the werewolf film that hasn't been done before, i'm surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I really loved seeing Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg together. They are a terrific acting pair and they are among the most positive aspects of the film. There's also a lot of good jokes and a few scary moments. Although not a classic werewolf film like Lon Chaney Jr's The Wolf Man that helped inspire it, Cursed is the best cheesy movie i've ever seen.
May 4, 2012
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I am actually not really a Christina Ricci fan nor werevolves Movie but this was not Bad.
January 9, 2012
Wahida K

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Not the most exciting horror movie. Pretty dull in the first half, seriously considered switching it off, but decided to stick with it. Can't honestly say I am glad that I did, but it did pick up.
The cast is decent, especially Christina Ricci and Judy Greer, (she was actually pretty funny when she got going). I think this was meant to be funny more than scary, though quite honestly, it falls flat in both directions.
August 30, 2010

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Wes Craven's "Scream" take on the Werewolf horror subgenre, but it isn't quite as successful as his spoofing of the slasher genre. The special effects are cheesy and bring attention to themselves at all times, pulling you out of the experience. This makes it harder to be scared or care about these characters. Add in lame dialogue and a predictable plot and you have an a recipe for disaster. Thankfully the lively performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Christina Ricci alleviate what could have been a horrendous movie. It has some B movie charms, although the movie runs out of steam way before the end. I kept thinking it was close to ending and more plot points and characters just kept popping up out of nowhere to reveal their twist (kind of like Scream did, only those were good twists that weren't annoying). It got very repetitive and I almost shut it off. It was moderately entertaining for the first half, before all of the repetitiveness and cheesy special effects took over. There's plenty of rumors about studio interference though, so maybe there's a good movie somewhere in Wes Craven's mind that never made it to celluloid. Whatever the case may be, the movie isn't successful and will be remembered as one of the horror masters low points.
May 24, 2010

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